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    July 27, 2011
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>> this is "bbc world news." funding for this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. newman's own foundation. and union bank. >> union bank has put its global financial strength to work for a wide range of companies. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news
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america." >> this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i-90 m.j. and o'brien. recognizes the main opposition group of the governing authority, but will it break the stalemate? still on high alert. in norway. last week's attack continues to grip the country as the government promises an investigation. and counting down to the olympics. with just one year to go, london is busy getting ready in time. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and also around the globe. in norway, the prime minister
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has about his country will counter last week's terror attacks with more democracy. he said that norway would not be intimidated by friday's mass killings and that a commission would be set up to determine how the events transpired. meanwhile, police are continuing to search for people who were reported missing on utoeya island. >> oslo central station. the country is on edge. abandoned suitcases spotted. it was harmless, but norwegians are haunted but -- by what happened five days a large car bomb launched a massacre last friday. a shooter went on touse -- to shoot children at summer camp. >> was there a time when you thought you were not going to survive? >> yes.
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>> you can close to it? >> yes. >> are you through the worst of it, or is the worst still to come for you? >> i think the worst of it will be to know all of the names of those who are dead. and then i think it will be hard to go to the funerals, to meet the families, and i think it will be hard to wake up and realize that one day, we have to wake up and go back to work and to function as normal. >> one woman was lucky. she left the island of two hours before the shootings. she wants to stress surprised in the multi-cultural wisdom of norway and the tolerance that was there. >> my story tells a lot about the opportunity that norway gives to all. >> including muslim youngsters? >> including them. where else can you be a daughter of immigrants and becoming a parliamentarian at the age of 28?
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norway is the land of opportunity. >> in oslo, the buildings scarred by the bombings are starting to be patched up, but the collective sense of shock in norway is still profound. it will take months to repair. the government is warning some buildings will have to be demolished. it is the human psychological damage which is a far greater concern. it is precisely their strong shared values which will get them through the next difficult days and weeks. james robbins, bbc news, oslo. >> after months of nato bombing and continue in combat on the ground, the efforts to remove moammar gaddafi from a control got another boost. they expelled the remaining libyan diplomats in london. the move follows france and the u.s. and also pays the way -- paves the way.
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will it make a difference on the ground? we have this report. >> the government now is a significant boost for them. britain is following the u.s. and france in intensify the pressure on the libyan regime. >> we no longer recognize them as the representatives of the libyan government, and we are inviting the transitional council to appoint a new diplomatic convoy to take over the embassy in london. >> the libyan embassy in london is in nights bridge. the ambassador here was expelled in may. now, they have three days to leave. the other diplomats must go, as well. and they must deal with the frozen assets, now controlled by opponents of the regime. this is an important symbolic moment, especially for the small group of rebel supporters, who come here but to replace the flag of the gaddafi regime with
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their alone. the question is, what difference will it make on the ground? joining the demonstrators today, a former financial adviser at the embassy. >> this is very positive. it is a psychological boost, and the council will be able to use those funds to help the libyan people, and hopefully, this is just the beginning. >> colonel gaddafi does still command support in libya, particularly in the capital, tripoli. a regime like his, it is difficult to determine how much but the transitional council is being recognized internationally as an alternative government, and the political battle against the regime is heating up, amid a military stalemate. there are several different frontlines. to the west, to the west of tripoli. but there have been no devices ships -- no divisive shifts.
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this has gone on much longer than they hoped colonel gaddafi would last. it is turning up the diplomatic pressure, the government under pressure itself over the libyan campaign. bbc news. >> and for more on the significance of this move, i am joined from britain now by the "new york times" reporter who recently returned from libya. john, thank you for joining us. what kind of impact do you think this will have in libya? >> there will certainly be an impact on morale, and there is -- both by the u.k. and the u.s., and it is potentially billions of gaddafi assets in the united states that can have a practical effect. you have to remember that the
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transitional national council is a pretty road peabody to be honest with you. -- ropey body, to be honest with you. it brings together all different types of people with different ideologies, and there is a great risk, i would have thought, if they begin to show our money on them, some of that money may go in directions we did not anticipate, and it could disappear into swiss bank accounts. >> do you think then that this is a sign of overconfidence on the part of the international community, that they are recognizing this court so quickly? >> i know they hesitated for some time to do this, precisely for the reasons i just set out, but they have had, on the other hand, four months of bombing, as caroline pointed out, which has failed to dislodge, abu dhabi or to make any significant changes
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in the frontline -- which has failed to dislodge colonel gaddafi or to make any signal that in changes in the front line. they were looking for something to break this deadlock. we have seen this in the last few days, france, britain, the united states, and i think there is an undercurrent in all of this of a certain kind of quiet desperation, because it is very expensive to keep up the bombing of the no-fly zone, and how long? you know, how long is this going to go on? it has already been four months. running into years, a decade, billions and billions of dollars? i think they're trying to unlock the situation. >> john, thank you very much for joining us. >> a pleasure. >> if in somalia, an effort to airlift emergency supplies into
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mogadishu is underway. today his mission is the first of 10 being carried out by the world food program in response to severe droughts, which are ravaging the horn of africa. they are being transferred to mogadishu from kenya to feed malnourished children. our correspondent has this report. >> the cargo, and 10 tons for severely malnourished children. this their feuded pace is a lifesaver. it is a race against time -- this at nutritional paste is an lifesaver. these times will be going into mogadishu, where it will be distributed for malnourished children. the world food program says the first airlift will feed 3.5000 children for the next month, but given the scale of the problem in somalia, it is just a drop in
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the ocean. the drought has hit so hard, in parts of the south, over one- third of all children are malnourished. aid agencies say there is a danger that disease could break out. in somalia, almost half of the entire population urgently needs food aid. rations have been cut in recent months. now, there is a massive fund- raising drive to increase the assistance. the somali prime minister has complained that the u.n. has been too slow with the delivery of food. several organizations are trying to access areas being held by the islamic militia group, al shabab. some wonder why this was not prevented, as the severe drought and shortage was predicted last year. in somalia though, people cannot wait for the aged to reach them. war and hunger are driving more
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than 100 somalia's into kenya, into this desperately crowded refugee camps. the arduous journey takes its toll on the week. today, laid to rest in the camp. nairobi, bbc news. >> in other news now, standard and poor's has become the latest ratings agency to cut the rating of greece again, this time to adjust to the levels above default. earlier, moody's downgraded greece, while another agency said it could follow suit. it could be ruled that the country is in a selective default, because the eu plan will cause losses for creditors. police in china say they have read -- captured 89 babies in an effort to break up some gangs. more than three other people in southern provinces arrested on suspicion of trafficking baby
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girls. some had been drugged with sleeping pills. as suicide bomber with explosives concealed in his turban has killed the mayor of the southern afghan city of qanbar. -- kandahar. a spokesman for the taliban says they carried out the attack. back here in washington, the countdown continues with just six days left before the country must lift its debt ceiling or risk of fraud. but despite the nearing deadline and threats that the country's credit rating could be in jeopardy, the political wrangling continues. for more on where things stand, i spoke to democratic senator barbara boxer from capitol hill just a short time ago. senator, thank you very much for joining us. two plans on their way through the house or the senate. can either of them actually pass congress? >> well, i think the harry reid plan is a compromise that everybody has been calling for
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and everybody wants. it gives the republicans what they want which is no revenues and cuts, and it helps the democrats because we are not cutting medicare. we are not cutting social security. so it is really a compromise, and it gets us out of this chaotic mess we are in it because we cut enough spending to take us all of the way to last us to the election, so it sends a column in message to the market, so that is the true compromise -- so it sends a calling -- calming message. they do not have to bring all of their people. the reid plan can garner moderate republicans and moderate democrats and pass. i guess if it does not, then john boehner is admitting he cannot be a very effective speaker, and i have been in the house for 10 years, and i have seen things past with both
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parties, and that is what we have to do now. we have to set aside these labels of democrat and republican and the americans first. we should not be taking pledges for any right-wing ideologue. that is what we need to do now. >> never mind what you need to do or should do, can you do it? is the will to compromise actually there? do you think this can pass before next week? >> well, i think when you set aside what we need to do and what we have to do, then we do not deserve to be here. we have to take care of the debt ceiling. this is a republican-made crisis. people have to understand that. we have raised the debt ceiling 89 times in the history of our country. 55 times under republican presidents, the most under republican president ronald reagan, 18 times. this is a manmade, republican- made, i will say, crisis.
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so what we have to do is take what the democrats want, what the republicans want, and put it together. that is what harry reid has done, and i do believe, i really do believe, having worked in the senate for a long time, just being selected to my fourth term, that we can attract some republican votes to this. >> you are confident this will go through, because the uncertainty, according to financial leaders, is what is doing the real harm now, not a compromise that may or may not happen. what do you think of that? >> of course, we cannot have uncertainty, and that is why the john boehner plan is so impossible to support, because it is an four, five months deal, and we are back in the soup, constant politics in the middle of the campaign, which is what i think they want, whereas the harry reid plan takes a lot of what the republicans wanted, the democrats wanted, put it together in a plan, and i do
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think that sensible heads will prevail. now, it may mean that we have to make some tweaks, some changes here and there, but i think that is the basic plan we need to look at. >> senator barbara boxer, thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you. >> you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, exposed to nuclear tests in decades ago. now, some british veterans are taking their fight for compensation to the highest court in the u.k. south korea has suffered its heaviest rain in a century, at least 32 people killed, including 10 college students who were doing volunteer work. there were mudslides in various parts of the country, and the capital was one of the worst affected areas. hundreds of people are now
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homeless after their homes were destroyed by a dilution of mud and rain. -- a diminution -- a deluge of mud and rain. >> it was hard to pick up the people from the mud and rain. the injured and the dead. many of them students, said to be doing volunteer work here on their summer holiday. they had been sleeping when their homes and cabins shattered around them, under the force of a powerful landslide. survivors talk about wading in themud to be rescued. >> i was sleeping and heard a big sound. >> i suddenly heard a strange sound, like a large trade explosion sound, so i walked
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outside. -- like a large trade explosion. -- train explosion. >> they are calling it the worst rain in a century. hundreds of thousands -- hundreds of houses flooded. rhodes often impossible to accept with the health of rescue teams -- roads often impossible to pass except with the help of rescue teams. lucy williamson, bbc news, seoul, korea. >> tomorrow in london, more than 1000 british veterans who were exposed to nuclear testing in the 1950's and lost their case for damages will be hoping the supreme court will give them permission to appeal.
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the elderly veterans believe there ill health is due to exposure during the tests, but the ministry of defence has contested that claims since 2004. our correspondent reports. >> not until 10 seconds and could anybody in look. so intense was the man made sun that people miles away with their back turns and hands over their eyes are aware of its fantastic brilliance. >> basically, we had no protection, no warning. nothing at all. all the to do is just stand and look at the bomb, basically, all we could do is just stand. cover our eyes in case we were blinded by the flash. >> he was a 19-year-old soldier when he witnessed the nuclear
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tests in the pacific. by the age of 21, he was of the army and suffering constant ill health. the mod has denied a link between the exposure and and illnesses, leaving them to fight it out through the cords. >> there is an acceptance by every country in the world other than the u.k. debt exposure to the levels of radiation to which veterans were exposed is likely to cause damage -- that exposure to the levels of radiation to which veterans were exposed is likely to cause damage. >> the nuclear bomb exploded. he was told when he had landed he had far too much radiation to participate in any further tests and he would have to be sent home. his vomiting started that night, and he vomited for five days.
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the big impact when he first arrived home was his personality change. 18 years later, after four attempts of committed suicide, because he could not bear it anymore. >> on christmas island -- >> mod says it is grateful for their help during the nuclear tests. there is help for those who can prove a link. >> ultimately, the children and grandchildren will get justice from the supreme court. that is all we are looking for is justice. >> britain's nuclear veterans are dying at the rate of nearly three every month, but those who remain are determined to continue this battle. bbc news. >> in just one year from now, the world will be watching as the london olympics officially
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gets underway. it is a chance for countries to strut their stuff in front of the world, and the summer games of 2012 will be no exception. our bbc reporter has gone to see the massive transformation. >> and so, it began. one of the most ambitious and complicated construction projects this country has ever seen. for anyone who has traveled past this site in the last few years, the main sign of progress has been this, the olympic stadium. however, there are many other venues right across this site, which will be just as important for a successful games. around 17,000 competitors and officials, for them, this will be home for two weeks during 2012.
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it is london's olympic village. it is not quite finished, but somebody knows what it is like to stay somewhere like this. >> i think it is fantastic. this is where the athletes spend most of their time. >> what do the athletes went from an olympic village? >> they want some more they can relax, good food, a good bed to sleep and, a feeling that something is of good quality, a place really to prepare for the most important day of your life. >> thousands of young people across the world for the olympics. you cannot give too many stories. athletes, they train hard, they compete hard, and they play hard. >> british viewers will become very familiar with some of the
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nunes -- news during the game. there is a good chance one team will pick up medals here. in other venues, that is less likely, with the hope there will be a long-term benefits for britain. this arena was actually completed ahead of schedule earlier this year. the idea is when the games are over, it will become a multipurpose sports center, and that is what all of these seats on the lower level will be folded away. it will help make the building much more flexible in the years to come, but not everything here is permanent. this is the largest temporary structure ever built for an olympics. there must of been some problems though, some challenges which have been pretty difficult to overcome -- there must have been some problems. >> private-sector money, which we are going to use to pay for the olympic village, pay for the broadcasting center, did not come through, so we had to use
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some of our contingency money and some of our savings. >> the building work continues, but it is on schedule. many doubted that would happen. the finish line is in sight. >> and in one final story, scientists in the united states say a mountain lion killed in connecticut had walked halfway across america before it died. dna tests showed the creature, also known as a cougar, was related to those in south dakota, almost 2,000 miles from where it was found. well, that brings tonight show to an end, but for an update any time, simply visit our website, and to see what we are working on, check out our facebook page at bbc.com/worldnews. for all of us at "bbc world news america," thanks for watching.
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